In 2018, reports indicated that Black and Latinx graduates were twice as likely to be unemployed than their White counterparts. Serving as a call to action to address this inequity, this inquiry was conducted to examine how campus career services could purposefully design a career intervention that supported Black and Latinx students’ college-to-career transition. This inquiry employed an action research approach to implementing a career intervention created to help racially minoritized students access and build social networks to support their postgraduation transition. Set within at a small, predominantly White, Liberal Arts college in northwest Pennsylvania, this intervention emerged as a career coaching project named the Career Collaborative Project. The Collaborative comprised a small group of six Black and Latinx students and three alumni of color who served career coaches. These alumni of color were utilized as institutional agents in this inquiry who helped the students access and build their social networks. Each alumnus hosted a virtual career coaching session with the students to discuss active goal setting, networking, and life after college. After each career coaching session, the students and I held a group reflection conversation to talk about their overall thoughts and feelings about the session topic. At the end of the six-week project, a post-focus group with the students and individual interviews with the alumni were conducted. Three key findings emerged from the data: (1) career planning requires self-examination; (2) students of color need help developing social networks; and, (3) institutional agents aid in students of color career development. Implications for practice encourage career services leaders to move away from race-neutral and White-centered approaches, and actively engage in supporting Black and Latinx students’ postgraduation preparation by helping them access and build their networks.
|Advisor:||Garcia, Gina Ann|
|Commitee:||Delale-O'Connor, Lori, Guerrero, Brian|
|School:||University of Pittsburgh|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Multicultural Education, Higher Education Administration, School counseling|
|Keywords:||Black students, Career services, College-to-career transition, Latinx students, Minoritized, Social networks|
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